This post has been sponsored by College Inn®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Make your meal planning easy with this AMAZING vegan, gluten-free one-pot burrito bowl recipe. Filled with seasoned jackfruit, black beans, corn, and rice, it’s a hearty and healthy meal the whole family will love—made in under 30 minutes!
This post has been sponsored by College Inn®. All thoughts and opinions are my own
It’s BURRITO time!
You probably already know that I am a HUGE fan of Mexican food. This website is filled with recipes for fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas. There is nothing quite like the fresh flavor combinations of Mexican food. Yet, somehow, in all these years, the only burrito recipe I have on this blog is my Southwest Breakfast Burrito.
How is that possible??
Truth be told, this isn’t exactly a burrito recipe either. It’s better! Today, I’m sharing with you my vegan burrito bowls—a delicious, deconstructed burrito that can be served in a bowl for an easy one-pot weeknight meal. Thanks to College Inn® Simple Starter Mexican Style Sauce from Safeway, this meal can be whipped up in under 30 minutes with no fuss.
Why I love these Burrito Bowls
I love these jackfruit burrito bowls for so many reasons. I think if you give them a try, you will see why. These bowls are:
- hearty and delicious, satisfying the whole family
- a complete protein for a wholesome meal that happens to also be vegan AND gluten-free
- made in one pot in under 30 minutes for minimal fuss and mess
- great for leftovers to have throughout the week
Are you starting to see why I am such a huge fan of this recipe? Even my picky children love burrito bowl night, and getting them to eat anything other than tofu and toast is a challenge!
A few of these ingredients might be new to you. No worries! Let’s take a closer look at them.
What is College Inn® Simple Starter Mexican Style Sauce
This meal starts with a perfectly seasoned sauce. Enter: College Inn® Simple Starter Mexican Style Sauce. This sauce makes these burrito bowls SO EASY without compromising on taste and Delicious is in the Details. It’s a perfect blend of vegetable broth, spices, and herbs; delicious is in the details.
These sauces are highly versatile. Add your favorite veggies or plant-based proteins to the Mexican-Style Simple Starters, and you’ve got yourself all kinds of meals. I’ve used it in my Beans and Rice, Skillet Enchiladas, and even in my Tortilla Soup recipe. They take all of these meals to a new level of deliciousness and ease.
Find all College Inn® products at your local Safeway in the canned goods and soup aisle, near the broths and sauces. Use the coupon code below to get a discount on your first purchase.
What is Jackfruit
For those of you who are unfamiliar, jackfruit is a large green tropical fruit that, when green, has very little flavor. The stringy texture, however, is similar to that of chicken or pulled pork, making it one of the most popular whole food vegan meat substitutes. Look for canned jackfruit in your local grocery store or pick some up online here.
How to Prepare Jackfruit
- Drain and rinse the fruit.
- Pat it dry with a kitchen towel.
- Shred the jackfruit.
When buying in a can, jackfruit comes in small triangles. At the base of the triangle, you’ll find a thick core. To shred it, hold the core between your thumb and forefinger and gently press up while pressing into the fruit with your thumb. The tops will easily shred into what you see below.
Watch this video to see it for yourself.
Jackfruit is an incredible whole-food meat substitute. It has a similar texture to that of chicken or pulled pork, and it takes on any flavors you give it—making it the perfect meat replacement for these vegan burrito bowls.
How to Make One-Pot Burrito Bowls
Thanks to College Inn® Simple Starter Mexican Style Sauce, this meal comes together super quickly. Just follow these three steps for a quick and easy one-pot meal.
- Sauté jackfruit, red onions, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeño in a large soup pot for 3-5 minutes
- Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite burrito toppings.
That’s it! So easy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to use jackfruit?
Don’t like jackfruit? No problem! You can omit it altogether or replace it with seasoned ground tempeh or plant-based chicken.
Can these be made into traditional burritos?
For sure! Feel free to wrap the filling in your favorite tortillas for a traditional vegan burrito.
Are they gluten-free
Yes, they are!
Where can I find College Inn® Simple Starter Sauce?
You can find all College Inn® products at your local Safeway in the canned goods and soup aisle. Use this coupon code to get a discount on your first purchase! Also, make sure to download the Safeway mobile app to get notified of more deals and offerings.
Serving and Storing
Serve your burrito bowls with avocado, vegan sour cream, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, guacamole, or any of your favorite burrito toppings. Store leftovers in a refrigerator for up to 3 days. To serve, gently reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium-low heat.
I think we’ve covered everything there is to know about the BEST vegan burrito bowls. Let’s take a look at the recipe below.
Make your meal planning easy with this AMAZING vegan, gluten-free one-pot burrito bowl recipe. It's filled with seasoned jackfruit, black beans, corn, and rice for a hearty and healthy meal the whole family will love—made in under 30 minutes!
Cuisine: Mexican, Mexican, Vegan
Keyword: Vegan Burrito Bowls
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 (20oz) can green jackfruit
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 (14oz) can black beans
- 1 (14oz) can corn
- 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (4oz) can green chilis
- 1 cup Jasmine rice, uncooked
- 1 carton (24 oz) College Inn® Mexican-Style Simple Starter
- 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
Add olive oil to a large soup pot and heat over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add jackfruit, red onion, red bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeño. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until the jackfruit begins to brown and the onions are translucent and fragrant. Stir in the spices.
Add the black beans, corn, tomatoes, green chilies, and rice. Stir in the Mexican-Style Simple Starter and minced cilantro. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-25 minutes until all the liquid has absorbed and the rice is fully cooked.
Divide into 6 bowls and top with topping of choice. I like to add vegan cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, and salsa. You can also add vegan sour cream, sliced jalapeños, and crispy corn tortillas.
- If you can't find College Inn Simple Starter Sauce, you can buy it online or use a traditional enchiladas sauce.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days. To serve, gently reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium-low heat.
- Nutritional values are calculated before any added toppings.